LEXINGTON, KY (April 23, 2017) – Trainer Brendan Walsh picked up his third victory of the Keeneland Spring Meet on Saturday afternoon when Qatar Racing, Marc Detample and Crystal Lane Racing’s Shelbysmile won the fifth race.
Four hours later, he watched American Equistock’s Multiplier win the $250,000 Illinois Derby (G3) in suburban Chicago.
No, he was not in both places.
“A 5-year-old could have saddled him,” Walsh said about Multiplier. “I didn’t need to be there. He could have saddled himself.”
Multiplier, who broke his maiden in his third start at Fair Grounds March 18, had three works at Keeneland prior to his Illinois Derby victory.
“I’m not sure what we will do next,” Walsh said Sunday morning. “Obviously, the Preakness (G1) is what everybody was asking about last night. We will see. I think he will be a grand horse for the derbies this year.”
Walsh also said that Lee Mauberret’s Wicked Lick, runner-up in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) in her most recent start, would be ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) on May 5 at Churchill Downs.